Monday, March 07, 2005

Audience Participation 

Studying for midterms today -- sorry, folks.

To keep you busy, a la Professor Bérubé's Too-Many-Hits-Wonder challenge, I recommend the following musical game, which has been stymieing me for a couple nights now:
Create a compilation CD (or "mix tape," as you grown-ups call 'em) entirely of songs about or performed by artists from your home. I use "home" loosely -- in my case, it means Minnesota with an emphasis on Minneapolis. Keep it to around 20 songs (or 80 minutes, if you want to get technical). It doesn't have to be the absolute best your hometown/state has to offer -- try to balance out the famous with the obscure, and individual artists shouldn't appear more than twice. To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, here's the Minnesota/Minneapolis sampler as it currently reads, though it's about 30 seconds too long to fit on a cd in this incarnation:

"Girl From The North Country" - Bob Dylan
"MPLS" - Paul Westerberg
"Minneapolis" - Lucinda Williams
"Minnesoter" - The Dandy Warhols
"Baby I'm A Star" - Prince
"I Am Hip" - Rank Strangers
"Hair" - Atmosphere
"Lake Street Is For Lovers" - Lifter Puller
"Just Like Christmas" - Low
"Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis" - Tom Waits
"Color Of Her Eyes" - Gear Daddies
"Take Me With You (When You Go)" - The Jayhawks
"9th St." - The Soviettes
"Crazy Job" - Suburbs
"What's Going On" - Hüsker Dü
"St. Paul" - Rag Tag Rybak
"Hip Check" - Milhaus
"The Swish" - The Hold Steady
"Slow Love" - Prince
"Went To See The Gypsy" - Bob Dylan
"Skyway" - The Replacements
"Can't Hardly Wait" (Tim version) - The Replacements
"Surfin' Bird" - The Trashmen

(I'm cheating a bit, including a song by my own band and one by a family member's band, and Westerberg appears three times, but you get the idea -- so make your own mix, leave it in the comments or post it on your own blog. You know what to do. And you damned New Yorkers needn't even bother, frankly, unless you can manage to come up with one made entirely of songs about New York written by non-New Yorkers, which might be interesting.)

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